UPDATE 4/1/22 5:47 PM ET
Church released a statement to its San Antonio ticketholders on Friday, April 1, after canceling its weekend show to attend a college basketball game.
“Thank you San Antonio for letting me bring my family to this game,” he wrote. “It took me a minute to figure out how and when to properly express my gratitude.”
The North Carolina native announced that he would be hosting a “one-of-a-kind free show” on Friday, September 2 at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas for everyone who bought tickets to his now-canceled April performance. “Details will be announced shortly,” he promised.
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All is fair in love and basketball? Eric Church wrote an email to anyone who wanted to attend his concert on Saturday, April 2nd, stating that he was canceling the show to see the University of North Carolina Duke play in the NCAA tournament.
“This Saturday, my family and I will stand together to cheer for the Tar Heels as the team makes it to the Final Four. As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke fight over the year, but to have them square off in the Final Four for the first time in NCAA tournament history is every sports enthusiast’s dream,” said the 44 -year-old country star wrote.
Church noted that asking his fans, known as “the chorus,” to “give up your plans for Saturday night with us so I can have that moment with my family and my sports community” was the “most selfish” action he took.
The Heart on Fire singer continued, “However, it’s the same kind of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this importance be.”
Church concluded his statement by quoting the late North Carolina spokesman for Tar Heels, Woody Durham, who wrote, “Woody Durham always said, ‘Go where you go and do what you do,’ thank you for being me go here and be with the tar heels.”
Social media users — and those who will be attending Saturday’s scheduled show at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas — have been vocal about the decision.
“Tell your friend Eric Church he owes me $460 for my hotel in San Antonio,” one person said Posted.
Another fan wrote“Eric Church didn’t cancel when his whole band had Covid but he canceled for a basketball game 😭 ngl I’d be pissed if I had those tickets.”
“$800 airfare for two from Miami to Austin, $950 rental car, $500/night riverside hotel in San Antonio, $2000 for 2 front row tickets (second time) all free,” a third Twitter user wrote wrote. “I hope North Carolina wins for you. I’m more than disappointed. Damn brother. @ericchurch.”
Other users appreciated Church’s openness towards a person tweet“Kudos to Eric Church for canceling the show to see his heels in the FF could have easily found a BS apology lol.”
Church has yet to deal with the backlash or postpone the show. Us weekly asked for a comment.
https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/eric-church-cancels-concert-for-duke-unc-final-four-game-fans-react/ Eric Church Cancels Duke-UNC Final Four Game Concert, Fans React